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Mentor-of-the-Month: Timothy Hamilton

Written by Sara Walters, Program Manager for Keep Texas BeautifulDid you know that all Keep Texas Beautiful provisional and official affiliates have access to an Affiliate Mentor? KTB started the affiliate mentor program back in 2018 as a way to help meet the needs of the nearly 300 affiliates across…
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December 14, 2021
Affiliate

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Wolfe City Beautiful

Written by Betty Teel Malone, Affiliate Coordinator of Keep Wolfe City Beautiful.Keep Wolfe City Beautiful is a new affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful. For more information about the process to become an affiliate please contact swalters@ktb.org and visit here for more info.Wolfe City is a small rural community, and in my eyes,…
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December 6, 2021
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KTB’s Volunteer of the Month: Babji Yalamanchili

Babji Yalamanchili, a native of India, is the organizer and founder of Keep Amarillo Clean and Keep the Panhandle Clean. With his wife, Dr. Devi Yalamanchili, the two are working their way across school districts, counties, cities, and towns in the Texas Panhandle garnering support for what every Texan should be able to get…
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November 3, 2021
HolidayRecycling

Making Halloween Décor Sustainable

Autumn is here which means pumpkin patches, cooler weather (hopefully), and most importantly Halloween! This season, consider ditching the energy inefficient plastic Halloween decorations and opt for these cute, sustainable, and kid-friendly decorations instead!Let those creative juices flow into new sustainable decorations for your haunted house. According to an Ekzo…
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October 22, 2021
Programs

The Tale of Texas Arbor Day

Importance of Trees throughout HistoryIt's hard to overstate the importance of trees to our daily lives. They offer us basic needs like shade and oxygen, provide habitat for animals, and create beautiful landscapes for us to explore.  Trees are also important resources that provide us with lumber to build our homes, fiber for paper, food items like fruits and nuts,…
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October 14, 2021
Recycling

2021 Rebuilding Texas Fund Grant winners announced

Keep Texas Beautiful is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Rebuilding Texas Fund Grants. These grants will support restoration or replanting projects to the winning communities in the wake of the February winter storm. The winning communities are: Keep Abilene Beautiful Keep Big Spring BeautifulKeep Brushy Creek BeautifulKeep Chandler…
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September 1, 2021
Recycling

Creative and Safe Options for Fall Cleanups

Did your Fall Sweep get canceled in 2020? Are you tired of waiting for the pandemic to end so you can clean up your community?  The wait is over!  With a successful pandemic Fall Sweep and Great American Cleanup under our belts, we have lots of great ideas for you to get out there…
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August 13, 2021
Programs

Tips for Second-hand Shopping

Blog post written by Kassidy Litchenburg, Programs Intern at Keep Texas Beautiful. In case you haven't heard, vintage is the new black. All of a sudden, the newest trend is reselling, rewearing, and bringing back clothes from the past. In just the last 5 years, second-hand shopping has exploded in…
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August 5, 2021
Affiliate

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Chandler Beautiful

Blog post written by Nancy Bertholf, Affiliate Coordinator of Keep Chandler Beautiful. Being a small town affiliate of KTB usually means your volunteer pool is small and funding sources are minimal. Chandler, a city of 3,400 today, has doubled its size in the past 25 years but has also doubled its…
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June 11, 2021
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Guest Blog: Keep Surfside Beach Trashbag Program

Blog Post Written by Michelle Booth, Tourism Specialist, Village of Surfside Beach My husband, Rob, and I moved to Surfside in the winter of 2014. Our first summer in Surfside was 2015, and we started to notice all the food and trash people would bring in with them to the beach and how much they would…
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May 24, 2021
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Affiliate of the Month: Keep Paris Beautiful

Blog post written by Julia Trigg Crawford, Chairperson, Keep Paris Beautiful/Make Lamar County ShineIf you're like me, this past year opened your eyes to many things...the science of proper handwashing, the art of lighting the room for a Zoom call, and the reality of the unheralded superheroes who work among…
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May 14, 2021
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Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful Celebrates Parks and Trails Month

Blog post written by Amanda Maron, KGPB Coordinator, City of Grand Prairie - Solid Waste and Recycling DivisionKeep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup is the nation's largest community improvement program, taking place annually each spring from March through May. Keep Texas Beautiful recently introduced themed months to help inspire events in your community. For the last…
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April 28, 2021
Programs

Affiliate of the Month: Keep San Saba Beautiful

Written by Sarah Saldivar, Executive Director, Keep San Saba Beautiful (KSSB) In 2007, the new City Manager, familiar with the guiding principles of Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), asked the City Council for assistance in preventing litter and in beautification. And so, began the formation of…
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April 13, 2021
Programs

How YOU Can Help Reduce Roadside Litter

Blog Post Written by Colton Mitchell, KTB Intern. April is Roadside Cleanup Month! Clean roadways are vital to environmental health, so it is super important to do our part to keep them as clean as possible. A large part of the pollution on roadways comes from things people throw out of their…
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April 8, 2021
Recognition

Beautify Texas Awards Past Winner Highlight: Martha Knies

Blog post written by Sarah Attwood and Stephanie Nestlerode of Keep Wimberley BeautifulMartha Knies exemplifies the unmatched volunteer spirit that characterizes the CAN-DO attitude found in Wimberley Texas. In 1992, before Wimberley's incorporation, Martha was having breakfast on the Square with her friends, when they started talking about all the weeds…
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March 23, 2021
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Affiliate of the Month: Keep Brazos Beautiful

Blog post written by Erin Stewart, Executive Director, Keep Brazos Beautiful, Inc. Keep Brazos Beautiful has been proudly serving Brazos County since its formation in 1980. The non-profit was established after Jack and Dorothy Miller organized a very successful cleanup for the community and wanted to continue the beautification efforts. To this…
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March 11, 2021